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dsl vs. cable internet

Posted By: moving soon on 2007-08-11
In Reply to: Wow, you must live near me. - MSMT

Thanks for your post. :) Do you think the DSL package is a better value than cable?


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Currently have AT&T/SBC phone service (landline),  Verizon Wireless cell phone, and Insight broadband internet cable and TV.  Monthly costs:


AT&T:  $50/month unlimited calling


Verizon:  $40/month with 400 minutes (and never even get close to calling that much)


Insight:  $45 internet cable and $45 cable TV


Total:  $180 per month


Thinking of switch to AT&T for bundle of phone, internet, and TV for total of $100/month.  Can't break Verizon contract, or would switch cell phone service too.  So, would save $40 a month by getting the AT&T bundle. 


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dsl vs. cable internet
Hmmm....this is a dilemma. Thank you for your note. Do you think DSL, then, is more cost-efficient than cable? Do you have the "bundle" that includes landline phone,
DirectTV, and internet? Are all DSL providers relatively the same cost and service? Mine would be with AT&T.
dsl vs. cable internet
Okay. When your DSL goes out, does your phone go out, as well? How long does DSL stay down? I know I'm asking a million questions, but want to make the right decision. Getting a divorce and moving out on my own, which is stressful enough. Want to make sure my work goes smoothly at my new place.
dsl vs. cable internet
Wow!  You guys are awesome with your descriptions of pros-and-cons of DSL vs. cable.  Think I'll stick with what I have for now (cable internet and TV; AT&T phone service).  Glad I asked you for your expert opinions before signing up for anything.  I'm such an easy mark for sales people. 
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I put my USB cable for my internet into the hub and it seems to be running just as fast.  I have a 7 plug hub and tried them all and it didn't seem to make a difference.  I'll just have to plug it right into the PC for now.  Thanks for the reply though!
I am thinking about it, I have TV and Internet cable. nm
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Do you have cable TV/internet in your area?
We bundle our cable TV, internet, and telephone and save quite a bit by having all three together. You might check into that.
What do you do if internet goes down? How do you call cable?
I don't really need a cell phone but when the internet goes down, I have to go to a phone booth to call the cable company. Real pain. What do you do?
I have cable Internet and two computers
The cable guy who determined I need a new router said something about Linksys having a G and N (models?) and that the N was faster, but I usually get good advice here and want to know a little bit more before I go to the store and get hit up by the salesman. :)
My internet was down for the past 2 weeksends (cable)
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to hook 2 computers to cable internet do ?
you need a router and a KVM switch - what else?  Will this cause problems?
if you already have cable/internet, you should get a deal for having the phone also.
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Cox offers a "basic" cable internet; it's the same and half the price as the other one they
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I have a KVM switch and using cable for my high-speed internet so what i needed ... SM

to connect my second computer to the internet was simply the ethernet cord along with the KVM switch box.  I actually work with a router, but it was simple to set up and works like a charm. 


Comcast cable has ULD that goes through their cable sm
and there are no limitations. I asked them. They said that you could use the phone 24/7 and it would make no difference. The cable modem has a telephone connection and backup battery in there, all in one unit. If you lose your power, the backup battery kicks in for 12 hours I think they said. I personally was reluctant but it is clearer than Verizon regular phone service. Clear as a bell! It is $39.95 a month. If you have any cable service, you might want to check and see if they have this. This is VOiP protocol but I just have never seen anything that was as clear as theirs.

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Cable
I notice you have Adelphia!I have it also in Ohio and am anxiously awaiting Time-Warner to take over and get Roadrunner. I've had problems and problems with it over the years. I can't get fast access with our phone company as they are not down our road yet (in country). You are lucky to be able to switch, though.
Anyone not have cable TV at all?

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If cable goes (sm)
Looking into Vonage and wondering about problems with cable if it goes down, not quite sure how it works. email me please about ur opinion
sohocafenoir@comcast.net
thanks much...
got rid of my cable, no more TV
for a year now.  Just watch movies from Net Flix.  Got tired of all the commercials.
cable
I have cable and love it. Before we moved here I lived where I could only get dial up. What a difference. It is worth the money!
Ahh. Thanks. If that's cable TV, then that's why
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Cable or DSL
I have had cable internet service and thinking of switching to Bell South Ultra Fast 6.0.  Do you think Bell South is okay too?
used to have cable
The vonage worked great but it never failed if I needed to work at night my connection went down for upgrades or someother unavoidable thing. I am sure it was my area because they were redoing all the wiring and such. Hope it goes well for you
do you have cable?
If you have cable in your house you can see if you your cable company offers phone service. The only truly unlimited phone plans I have found are cable phone and internet phone such as Vonage. Also you can check with your phone company. They may have a VoIP (internet) phone plan themselves.
Can't get cable where I'm at...
Only satellite. I will call my phone co. and ask about the VoIP. They're a rural company so I have no idea if they even offer it.
If you have not had cable before..sm
I am not sure how Charter does things, but I have Time Warner, who is the actual person(s) to be setting up your computer connection, etc. At that time, they will also set up an email account, give you a temporary password, which you can change to your preference after set up, and whatever else they need to do. They adjust signal quality, speed, etc. My user ID was chosen for me by the cable company..I did not have a choice, so not sure about Charter. but this is pretty much the norm. I would call Charter pretty quickly, as Time Warner always has like a two week delay as to when they can come and set things up. If you need to make an appointment and don't want to wait two weeks, I would do it now. good luck.
I rigged up a cable that would
go from the speaker of the computer into my Dragon microphone, but it didn't even remotely work due to the training aspect of DNS.  Also, I tried the redictating thing, but it was just faster and easier to type it myself using my expander than to reformat, edit, and correct everything.
We have no cable. I yanked it. sm

I've had cable off and on, but this time it is gone for good.


I caught my 9-year-old daughter hiding under a wonderful tent that she made in her room with sheets and blankets, etc.  It didn't take me long to realize that she had covered the TV, plugged in headphones in the back, and was watching MTV!


TV today is just disgusting.  What they are allowing on family time gets worse every day.  What used to be PG-13 is now PG.  What used to be R is now PG-13.


So much for George Carlin's old comedy thing about the seven words that weren't allowed on TV.  What?  Are there like 3 left now?


NO CABLE TV at my house. The local library has a HUGE amount of videos that people donate to the library and they don't cost anything.  When the kids go to the library to get a few videos, they also pick up a book!  Amazing isn't it.!  No advertising.!  Watch out though, it'll cost you a nickel a day if the books aren't back in time.


It has made such a big difference.  My daughter takes the dog for walks. She planted a flower garden that is now coming up. She swims in our pool.  She does word find puzzles in a big book.  She reads at night. Her friends have started to hang out over here because they are tired of sitting in front of the TV.  They go catch frogs, climb trees, chase butterflies, etc. By 9:00 every night she's sooooo dirty and sooooo tired, she takes a shower and goes right to sleep.


Think about it. 


Public TV is getting to be just as bad as cable.
Good old evening family sitcoms are just smut and garbage.  We have a Netflix membership, so I fill up the queue with kids or family movies that I've researched and approved.  The kids have been watching those all summer when they feel the need to watch TV at all.
Do most of y'all have DSL/cable?
It seems like most companies now require it - anyone still on sloooooow dial-up?
No cable, no TV, no antenna
We don't have the TV hooked into anything... not even to get the local channels off of the antenna.  We just watched moveis on DVD or video if we want to watch something.  I miss the news sometimes, but when we had it we either never watched it or couldn't find anything good on it.... what is the point then? lol.  Much better this way. 
No cable/satellite here either
Don't miss it. Don't really have time for TV. Getting really sick of Law and Order when I can watch though.
No cable? oh my...i'm addicted
to the news channels, Discovery and TLC.  Our cable company "bundles" different tiers so you do get ripped off if you have just one favorite, but mine, well the news, not sure why though with all the murder, scandal,e tc.  I blame my neice that I inherited it from her lol. she is the absolute worse!
We have ours through our cable provider...

Wireless here, too.  DBF has 2 puters in his office with the router to the main, NIC card in the other, ditto on the NIC card with my stuff in my office.  He sure is handy to have around...my own personal "tech support." 


busness DSL or cable
When starting your own accounts is it necessary to have a business line set up in your home office?  I know it is more professional, but is there a law that would be broken by not having it when you start out?
I have unllimited LD through my cable co (sm)
I have Bright House cable (formerly Time Warner). They have a digital combo where I get phone, net, and cable.
my Vonage goes through DSL, not cable
so I'm out of long distance/internet if the phone line is down, but I wouldn't be able to work anyway without the phone line, so it makes no difference.
Wireless & Cable...
I know this is probably a stupid question, but what the heck. I have cable internet with only one cable outlet, which is in my living room. I currently have my computer in the living room but would like to put it in the back bedroom, which has no cable outlet. If I go wireless can I just put the computer in that room? Is NetGear any good? Simple to set up? TIA!
I am seriously considering cancelling my cable, SM
although I would miss Food Network, History Channel, and such.
As Larry the Cable Guy says,
GIT 'ER DONE!   
Adelphia Cable
I had this company for years; couldn't get anything else in the country where I live. Now Time-Warner (roadrunner) bought it out. Your service should also be Time-Warner soon. Adephia was BAD! Their service techs knew less than I did; had all sorts of problems off and on. Glad to be rid of them!!!
Satellite, DSL, Cable
Satellite is not supported by majority of companies. Either DSL or Cable, and most reimburse you quarterly towards your DSL or Cable, the rest you can write off. See if you can get DSL or Cable near you. If your on a private road like I am, if there are a few other houses on your street (road) see if they will go in with you for the cost to help out. Just a thought!! Hope it works out for you.
Cable wanted me to pay $8,000 out of my
from the road down the driveway to my house.  Yes, you read that right - $8,000.  I live in a rural, most federal preserve land area.  They have cable line along the road, but will only go so many feet to a house.  Since my driveway is 1,500 feet long they said to run a buried line with boosters every few feet, it would take them 20 years to recoup their costs, so I would have to pay it out of my pocket.  We offered to dig the ditch ourselves, but they said it would still be that much due to the boosters needed.  Satellite was my only option.  There are some companies out there that will hire satellite users.  Some are under the misconception that it is easy to steal a satellite signal - which is hogwash.  It is no different than someone who has their DSL or Cable set up on a wireless network and their neighbor uses their signal to get internet access - you have to have all the privacy options in place to prevent that.
Wireless and Cable?

I have 4 computers all connected via a router and would like to make one of my home computers wireless  and get a laptop.  Is there any way to be able to do both - the cable and the wireless?  My home computer/work computers need to be on the cable, but my son's and my husband's do not.  Is there a way to do this?


Thanks.


Laura